Sophie Flack Articles

Girl in the Mirror

One very unconventional coming-of-age.
Jul 06, 2015

With grievance and unspecific anger the major themes of so many contemporary memoirs, Unabrow is a literary breath of fresh air. The book consists of 20 comic essays chronicling Una LaMarche’s difficulty navigating womanhood while looking back at how her awkward formative years—as a single-browed adolescent—shaped her self-image. LaMarche adopts a quasi-cautionary tone, as if to warn the next generation how not to lead their lives, and the result is an absolutely sidesplitting collection. 

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Canine Therapy

On the dog as a catalyst among humans
Dec 01, 2014

This wonderfully perceptive memoir follows Matthew Gilbert’s transformation during his first year as a reluctant dog owner.

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Millepied à Terre

Will success in Los Angeles translate to Paris?
Nov 17, 2014

Last month, Benjamin Millpied’s contemporary dance collective, the L.A. Dance Project, had its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gillman Opera House.

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After Many a Summer

Wounded by scandal, the Bolshoi returns to America
Aug 11, 2014

This was the first time in nine years that the Bolshoi Ballet had performed in New York, and rather than bring any of Alexei Ratmansky’s contemporary ballets, which helped catapult the company into the 21st century—under Ratmansky’s direction, the Critics’ Circle named the Bolshoi “Best Foreign Company” in 2005 and 2007—they brought a Soviet-era production of Swan Lake, a

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An Echo of Balanchine

Janie Taylor: an appreciation.
Mar 24, 2014

At the beginning of this month, New York City Ballet principal dancer Janie Taylor, one of the most captivating dancers since George Balanchine died in 1983, took her final bow along with her husband, fellow principal Sébastian Marcovici. 

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